The Chartered Institute of Public Relations has announced the results of the election for the 2001 president and treasurer – with Paul Mylrea (Director of Communications for the Department for International Development) taking on the first role and Sally Sykes (Communications Director for the Health & Safety Executive) retaining the second post.
Congratulations to both. However, I am bemused why only 504 of the 9,000 membership bothered to cast a vote.
I really don’t understand why anyone who pays money to belong to a professional association doesn’t get involved in some way – and what could be easier than casting a vote? CIPR even provided a postage paid envelope so all members have to do is tick and lick!
The MIPAA annual election for the Executive Committee has also just been conducted, with the results being announced at the Christmas lunch next Tuesday. This is conducted online and takes seconds to make a choice. Although we had a record percentage of the membership voting, it is still a minority who participate.
It is great that people volunteer to take on responsibilities within professional bodies – but it would be even better if more members would show them some support.
Such institutions really work best with an active membership – paying your subscriptions is not just an exchange relationship in terms of what you get for your money, but involves joining a community and benefiting in more than economic terms.
It may be that many members cannot afford the time or money to volunteer for local committees or attend training or social events – but casting a vote costs nothing, whilst showing those involved in running a body that you care.